Preventing Permit Abuse

PREVENTING PERMIT ABUSE
One of the issues that Operation No Permit No Park has highlighted aside from disability parking offences, is the variance of permit abuse or fraud.

 

It seems innocent now but this permit was discovered over a year ago. Permits are only issued for 5 years so prior to August 2015 this permit could not have been issued with that date.

It seems innocent now but this permit was discovered over a year ago. Permits are only issued for 5 years so prior to August 2015 this permit could not have been issued with that date.

People have tried everything from deliberate placement of the permit so the expiry can’t be seen, to removing the expiry and permit number, to manipulation of the expiry date, to continue using permits that are no longer valid. This is rarely done by the original permit holder. For whatever reason, people seem to pass them on to others when they have their replacement. I should note that so far my research has revealed that the most common situation for an expired permit being fraudulently used is once the permit holder is deceased. 
 
I have been working with the Queensland Department of Transport on ways to reduce permit fraud. Despite the conditions of the permit stating that they must be returned when no longer required, permits are rarely returned and it is not enforced.
 
The new ADPP style IS much more difficult to manipulate so we do see less abuse of those types but it does still occur by concealment. Queensland is not alone, with similar issues in other states with different types of permits. My goal is to share successful fraud prevention methods nationally.
 

The best solution found so far has been to include the holographic printing on the date like we do on the new style ADPP. It makes it very difficult to alter the date.

Permit misuse can be reported through the issuing authority. You will need the permit number, car registration and any additional information you can provide.

Qld: http://www.qld.gov.au/disability/out-and-about/parking-permits/#report 

NSW: http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/roads/using-roads/mobility-parking/

SA: https://www.sa.gov.au/directories/customer-service-centres/enquiries-and-complaints

WA: http://www.app.org.au/

VIC: Contact the issuing council

TAS: Contact the department of State Growth Transport Scheme – Phone: 1300 135 513 Email: passenger.transport@stategrowth.tas.gov.au

ACT: Contact the Transport Authority – http://www.rego.act.gov.au/parking/special-parking-permits/australian-disability-parking-permits

One Quarter of Queensland Under-caters to disability accessible parking needs

With more than 26% of local government areas having a higher rate of permit holders to population than the mandatory disability accessible parking needs, we really need to address how access is assessed in Development Applications. Parking wars? We’ll show you parking wars. When you have 5% of the population seeking to use 2% of accessible parking (the minimum mandatory requirement under the Disability Access to Premises (Building) Standards 2010), it makes trying to live an independent and dignified life with a disability somewhat challenging.

Qld Disability Permit Holder Population Comparison

Download complete report here : Queensland Disability Parking Permit Population comparison

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